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Commentary :: Organizing
Why White People Should Join the Fight Against Whole Foods in JP
26 Mar 2011
n January, 2011, it was announced that in Jamaica Plain’s Hyde Square, the 47-year-old landmark Latin supermarket, Hi-Lo Foods, would be shut down and that the multinational corporation, Whole Foods Market, would be replacing it and begin renovations to the site in late March 2011. Immediately, a large backlash against Whole Foods erupted from within the JP community. The most public organization which formed to stop Whole Foods from coming to JP is the multicultural, intergenerational grassroots organization “Whose Foods/ Whose Community? : The Coalition Against Gentrification.”
“Whose Foods?” has cited three reasons why Whole Foods should retract plans for a store in Jamaica Plain (from their petition on
1. Whole Foods is too expensive for many individuals and families in Jamaica Plain.
2. Whole Foods will lead to increased real estate and commercial prices in Jamaica Plain that will displace low- and moderate-income families.
3. Whole Foods is a multi-national corporation whose profits will not sufficiently feed back into our diverse, local community.

In addition to “Whose Foods?,” many individuals and independent groups have taken action against Whole Foods’ planned move into JP. Tactics used thus far to gather support against Whole Foods and show Whole Foods that they are not wanted in JP include: Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council meetings in which the council voted to oppose Whole Foods coming to JP, widespread online and traditional media campaigns, a 1000-plus signature petition which was recently hand-delivered to Whole Foods’ regional office, anti-Whole Foods banner hanging, contacting elected officials and Whole Foods representatives, large-scale rallies, and more.

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White people need to eat too
26 Mar 2011
I'm sorry if the market is not supporting the operation of food stores for brown people, but good, hard working, white people like me deserve to eat too. What do you have against white people? Is it your goal to destroy the Aryan race?
Evils of Monsanto
26 Mar 2011
See Banner Drop - Whole Foods on
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